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WRLC Shared Collections Facility

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WRLC Shared Collections Facility
Affiliated Library
Washington Research Library Consortium
Washington Research Library Consortium
DescriptionWRLC operates a Shared Collections Facility designed to free valuable space in the campus libraries by providing a cost-effective shelving alternative. The facility provides high-density, environmentally-controlled, retrievable storage for books, audiovisual or microform media, and archival boxes. Individual items are sorted by size in order to store the maximum number of items in the minimum floor area. These materials, totaling 2,882,673 volumes and 67,910 archival boxes in August 2018, are readily available to students and faculty using the Consortium Loan Service. Materials requested by 3 pm are delivered to the library the next business day. Individual journal articles are transmitted directly to the requester at a password-controlled website.
Contact Name: Aaron Krebeck
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Address: 901 Commerce Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774 United States
Postal code: 20774
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Current volume count: 3,000,000

Technology Systems
Inventory Management SystemNone
Date Implemented
Integrated library system? The facility uses an ILS
rather than a dedicated inventory management system

Operational Details
Harvard Model? Does the facility generally follow the "Harvard Model"?
Materials placed in trays? Are most materials placed in trays?
Materials placed on shelves? Are most materials placed directly onto shelving?
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Movable Shelving? Does the facility use movable shelving?
Robotics? Is robotic equipment used for placement and retrieval?
Operated lifts? Are manually driven lifts or used for placement and retrieval?
Shelved by Call Numbers? Materials shelved according to library-assigned call numbers?
Shelved by size? Materials shelved according to size categories?
Archival HVAC? Facility monitors and manages temperature and humidity?
Target operating temperature: 60 (Degrees Fahrenheit)
Target operating humidity: 40 (Percent)
In Library? Is the repository located inside a library?
Remote? Is the repository located remotely from the library it serves?
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